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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 7, 2008 6:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Quick questions on PD films pre-1978

Basically you can search for any copyright office record 1978 onwards online. This means registrations and renewals. Because movies had to be renewed in their 28th year after publication, renewals are available for films back to 1950.

In the early 90s the Berne implimentation act took away the need to renew. So only items made before 1 Jan 1964 need to be renewed.

Up until 1978 films required a copyright notice. No copyright notice put the film instantly in the public domain.

If a film released between 1 Jan 1978 and 1 March 1989 had not copyright notice it could be registered with 5 years of publication to get copyright protection.